Navajo Nation, EPA question plan to open land near Great Sand Dunes for oil, gas drilling

The federal government’s push to open some of Colorado’s most pristine and delicate high country, near two sacred Navajo mountains and touching the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, to oil and gas drilling has hit turbulence.

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Bureau of Land Management to consider a delay.

Thousands of residents have weighed in against the BLM’s planned auction of access to underground minerals. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Thursday vowed to...

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